Preliminary Autopsy Released After Officer-Involved Shooting

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MCLENNAN COUNTY (August 24, 2014) A preliminary autopsy was released Sunday after a man died during an officer-involved shooting Saturday afternoon in McLennan County.

A preliminary autopsy shows Donald Easter, 58, of Robinson, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A man was stopped on Highway 6, near Business Highway 77 in Bellmead around 4:30 p.m. Saturday after a chase with sheriffs deputies.

Deputies had pursued the driver southbound at low speed to State Highway 6 toward Marlin where he finally stopped, according to McLennan Co. Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

The man then proceeded to shoot himself, and at that point, a deputy fired back thinking he was being shot at, McNamara said.

A Texas Rangers report says the deputies bullets never hit the man.

Investigators recovered a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun at the scene, according to the sheriff.

Neither of the deputies was injured.

McNamara said at least one Waco police officer was very nearby when the shooting started.

McLennan County Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson pronounced the man dead at the scene and Waco Mortuary had already moved the body, but it was not immediately known if an autopsy was ordered.

McNamara said the fleeing driver crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler that was hauling fuel but there was no explosion or fire.

The Texas Rangers were at the scene Saturday investigating the shooting, which McNamara said is protocol.

McNamara said the sheriff’s office would release more information about the incident as the investigation continues.

Paul J. Gately contributed to this story.